The Lenox’s Boston romantic getaways
The Lenox , an 115-year-old historic hotel, has long stolen the hearts of guests, particularly couples in search of a Boston romantic getaway. The family-owned boutique hotel expertly melds century-old historic charm with the city’s most luxurious accommodations — and all surrounded by Boston’s best attractions.
Here are five reasons why couples swoon for The Lenox:
A Boston getaway for history lovers
History lovers love Boston as much as they admire the historic Lenox. The hotel is just four blocks away from the start of the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile route that dotes on the history of the American Revolution. The route starts in America’s oldest public park, Boston Common, and winds its way along 16 historical sites, including the Boston Massacre Site, Paul Revere House, and Bunker Hill Monument. Couples can enjoy a walking tour complete with a complimentary map or a two-hour town car tour as part of the “One If By Land, Two If By See” package.
As for The Lenox, it has its own storied past. For starters, Lucius Boomer, a rags-to-riches success story, built The Lenox in 1900, naming it after Lady Sarah Lennox, wife of King George III. Boomer, himself, counted Winston Churchill and the Duke of Windsor among his friends. And the hotel even made history as the then-tallest building in the city — 11 stories of Beaux-Arts beauty. A $1.1 million hotel, The Boston Post called it “The Waldorf-Astoria of Boston” upon its opening. That same grandeur still attracts couples to this day.
The Lenox’s attentive service
The Lenox loves nothing more than a good old-fashioned love story, particularly because it takes pride in helping script fairytale romance. Case in point … once upon a time, during a couple’s 24th-anniversary dinner at the hotel restaurant, a waiter overheard the pair recounting their wedding reception, which was held in The Lenox’s grand Dome Room. True to scripting fairytale romance, the waiter arranged for the couple to have a private viewing of the ballroom.
And this isn’t the first time that The Lenox has gone to extra lengths to help couples celebrate. In fact, we have a whole honeymoon article devoted to one fairytale story, a remarkable 65-year anniversary celebration, which you can read about here.
There was also the time when owner Roger Saunders rushed a couple to the airport to catch their flight! The ride was the result of a fun mix-up! Mr. Saunders had been standing outside admiring an antique taxi hired to generate publicity for the hotel pub when the couple rushed out of The Lenox looking for a cab. Going above and beyond, and with good humor, Mr. Saunders rushed them off in the fancy ride.
Make it a Fenway Park date night
Planning a romantic getaway for your baseball-loving boyfriend? Couples at The Lenox only need to head a few blocks west to take in a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway, where the Green Monster (the ballpark’s left field wall) is as iconic as the Lone Red Seat in the right field bleachers (the solo seat signifying Fenway’s longest home run hit by Ted William in 1946.)
During the seven-minute stroll from the hotel to the park, make extra time for a romantic dinner at one of the many restaurants scattered nearby The Lenox. Detour slightly north for great finds on Newbury Street with its mix of fashionable boutiques, art galleries, and sidewalk restaurants tucked in between Victorian row houses. Of course, you might just want to reserve a table at the hotel’s City Table, pull up a chair at the Sólás Boston-Irish pub or sip on a cocktail at City Bar before leaving the hotel for Fenway.
Then again, we can’t blame you if you decide to forgo all the restaurant choices in favor of a juicy hot dog at the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. It’s not quite as old as The Lenox —12 years shy — but the hot dogs are still good! (Sport lovers will also be glad to know that even The Lenox has its own slugger history — baseball legend Babe Ruth frequented the hotel in the 1920s.)
Celebrity appeal at The Lenox hotel
The Lenox hotel is truly a Boston getaway favorite. In fact, many celebrities have looked to the hotel as their own personal getaway. Not only did The Babe hang out at The Lenox, but Duke Ellington composed here, Hollywood legend Judy Garland lived in a suite for three months and Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach logged his share of nights, marking a 13-year stint at The Lenox during training season. Needless to say, the list of celebrity guests runs long at the hotel.
The Lenox itself has oozed its own talent. “Boston’s Grand Dame” pianist Gladys Troupin enjoyed a 30-year run of legendary performances at the one-time Diamond Jim’s piano bar, now The Lenox’s popular City Table restaurant. The hotel has even served as a Hollywood set, and to continue out the romantic getaways theme, we should mention that The Lenox played a role in the 1970 filming of the cult classic “Love Story.”
To feel like a celebrity for a night, book the Judy Garland Suite, where the actress stayed in 1965. The room still features select artifacts from Mrs. Garland’s stay, including an ornate mirror above the romantic wood-burning fireplace.
Boston romantic getaway packages
Enjoy “Pillows & Pancakes” in the morning, or take sightseeing to new heights by day in a private helicopter! The Lenox is well known for putting together special offers certain to create a unique Boston experience.
The “Flyover Boston” helicopter excursion is the perfect romantic interlude, boasting stunning views of downtown Boston, along with Fenway, the Back Bay and Charles River. The excursion starts with a luxury town car ride to a private helipad at the edge of Boston. There, a personal pilot greets lovebirds before their flight. The tour concludes with a return escort to the hotel, where couples steal away to their Junior Suite, a package inclusion.
For a sweet romantic getaway, you might want to “Get Buzzed at The Lenox.” Enjoy a Monday morning view of The Lenox’s rooftop bee colony and a meeting with the hotel’s beekeepers by reserving this buzz-worthy offer. This Sunday night package includes luxury accommodations, breakfast for two at City Table and a Lenox souvenir honey jar. But if pancakes are your thing, you might want to consider the “Pillows & Pancakes” package, a one-night stay, breakfast-for-two offer, complete with a nightly seasonal beverage in the lobby.
No matter the package, the getaway is always romantic at The Lenox!